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About The Economic Effects That September 11th, Had On The Us Economy, And Whether Or Not Sanctions Would Be A Good Idea For The Us To Use Against Afghanistan

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The world sat and watched on September 11, 2001, as America was struck with the first act of terror on American soil ever. Many thoughts passed through the minds of their citizens. Most pertained to the deceased and their families. The world sat and watched again a month later when President Bush declared a war on terror. The public acknowledged the need to destroy the terrorists and their infrastructure. Most approved of the bombing of Afghanistan. But did any of America's citizens ever stop to think what September 11 and the war on terror would do to their economy? Do the negative aspects of the US imposing sanctions on terrorist harboring countries overcome the positive aspects?Before a discussion on the effects of sanctions on America's economy can be entertained, we must first fully understand what a sanction is, and the history of themA Sanction is defined as a deliberate, government-inspired with drawl, or threat of with drawl, of customary trade or financial relations. For those who want the definition in English, it's when a country stops it's foreign trade with another country for their own various reasons. Sanctions have been used throughout time for an assortment of rationale (refer to chart on chronology of sanctions). The initial thought behind sanctions was a great one. If a country doesn't abide by our rules, we're going to ruin its economy. Unfortunately most did not achieve the goals they were set out to do. In case studies of sanctions, analysts (yes I hate them as much as you do) found that when sanctions were imposed to impair the military of the country, they almost always fail.Of course there are many factors that affect the success of an economic sanction. Studies have found that Sanctions work best when:1.The goal is not an extremely unreasonable one2.The country that is having the sanction placed upon them is considerably smaller than that placing the sanction.3.The decision to sanction is made quickly, and consequentially the target does not have time to lesson the economic impact.4.The country imposing the sanction avoids heavy costs to itself.Perhaps the most important factor is to attack your allies not your enemies. Economic sanctions that are against friendly countries, and countries that have high trade with you are the most effective. It is also beneficial to gradually decrease trade as a show of power with friendly countries, much before switching to an all out sanction.Sanctions are most often used as a companion measure. What I mean is that it usually coincides with other measure against a country whether it be covert action, or military deployment. This is the case with America and Afghanistan at the moment. America does not have a good record with sanctions and military movement coinciding. Probably the most blatant example would be its war with Grenada. America imposed an economic sanction, but unleashed its military might before the sanction could have any real effect on the country. It is evident from...

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